Cough, shortness of breath and a white phlegm that looks like glue. What can it be?

During the morning I have a hoarse cough, but when night comes, during sleep, I felt like coughing and waking up with breathlessness, suffocated, and when I tried to take the phlegm out of my mouth, it would suffocate me. I had this catarrh two weeks ago, I did not have a fever and only last week it got worse. The phlegm that comes out is white and looks like a glue. What can this be
Expert answer:

Cough, shortness of breath, and catarrh may be symptoms of asthma, pneumonia or other respiratory problem of allergic or viral origin.

THE asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that strikes the various areas. Also known as allergic bronchitis, asthma makes the airways swollen and narrower, making it difficult for air to pass through.

The main asthma symptoms are:

  • Cough that worsens at night or after physical exertion;
  • Chiado in the chest;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Tiredness;
  • Short breath.

The treatment of asthma is done with bronchodilators ("Bombinhas"), respiratory fisioterapy and away from allergens that trigger the crises.

Already the pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs of infectious cause, which can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites.

The symptoms pneumonia are:

  • Fever;
  • Cough with or without catarrh;
  • Difficulty breathing;
  • Accelerated breathing;
  • Pain in the chest.

Learn more at: What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

Treatment of pneumonia includes:

  • Provide oxygen when needed;
  • Hydration;
  • Antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal or antiparasitic medicines, depending on the source of the infection;
  • Anti-inflammatory or other medications, depending on the case.

To find out the cause of your cough and shortness of breath, consult your family doctor, general practitioner, or pulmonologist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

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